Seventh Annual Law Enforcement Ride remembers fallen officers
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Saturday, June 9 marks two days since 23-year-old Milwaukee police officer Charles Irvine, Jr. was killed in the crash of his squad car.
His name is now etched on the list of fallen officers remembered at the Annual Law Enforcement ride at House of Harley-Davidson.
It was a somber moment for officers, their families and supporters as riders revved their engines.
The Seventh Annual Law Enforcement Ride is always set for this time of year, to remember officers killed in the line of duty and support the families they left behind.
"We've had a very tragic reminder of just how dangerous law enforcement work is,” said Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel.
Irvine's squad flipped several times after he and his partner tried to pull over a car driving recklessly near 91st and Silver Spring.
"Who knows why the lord does what he does, but the timing here. He left behind a mother, a stepfather. He left behind a sister, a grandfather and a grandmother. And he left behind a childhood girlfriend that he was preparing to marry,” said Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales.
Riders coasted from House of Harley through Milwaukee county with heavy hearts.
“Having lived with an officer, and always worried about where he'd come home every night, it is a scary thought and my heart goes out to their family, “ said supporter Cindy Perich,
“We've got to do all we can to get them the training equipment they need to be safe. They need our prayers,” said Schimel.
Prayers and support that Chief Morales says has been overwhelming.
"It's often nice to have somebody put their arm on your shoulder or send you a text message, and say hey, we're doing a good job," said Morales.
Chief Morales also mentioned that plans are in the works for a tree or some sort of dedication for officer Irvine.
The proceeds from today's event will help the families of fallen police officers.